Wakefield Council backs national Adoption Week

Date: 10/10/2016
​Ref: PR 8367

Wakefield Council is supporting National Adoption Week, from 17 to 23 October, which is focused on finding families for vulnerable children.

A total of 50 children were adopted through the Council's adoption service last year (April 2015 to April 2016).

National Adoption Week aims to raise awareness of adoption, clarify the adoption process, reflect the challenges of adoptive parenting, and showcase and signpost best practice.

The Council is holding a drop-in event for people to come and find out more about adoption and fostering. Members of the public can drop-in on Thursday 20 October at Wakefield Town Hall between 4.30 pm and 6.30pm.

Cllr Olivia Rowley, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "We want to encourage as many people as possible to come forward to give a child or sibling group a loving and permanent home. Adoption is hugely rewarding and it is a fantastic way to create a family.

"We want to raise awareness of the children in the district who need new families and encourage people to come and talk to the team. I would urge anyone who has been thinking about adoption to get in touch, or visit our drop-in event to ask questions and find out more."

An information stand will also be available during the following sessions for residents to find out more:

• Tuesday 18 October, Pontefract Library, 9.30am - 4pm
• Friday 21 October, Wakefield One Atrium, 9.30am - 4pm

Adopters don't need to be married, in a relationship, or in paid employment. They do need to be able to provide a loving and secure home.

Adoptive families in the district will receive post-adoption support and advice throughout their child's childhood.

Further information can also be found on our website www.wakefield.gov.uk/mynewfamily

Alternatively people can contact Wakefield Council on 0800 197 0320 to register their interest.

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